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Updated 18 Feb 2001
- Alcock and Brown British aviators
- Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1475-1519) Discovered eastern
- Dr. Robert Ballard (born 19??) Ocean explorer who
discovered the wrecks of the Titanic and the Bismarck and founded
the JASON Project.
- Ann Bancroft (1956- ) First woman to go to both North
and South Pole.
- Ibn Battuta (1304-1377) the Arab equivalent of Marco
Polo; wrote about his travels through Africa and Asia
- Vitus Bering (1681-1741) Explored Siberia and
- Hiram Bingham (1875-1956) Explored South America,
discovered Machu Picchu.
- Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) Explored Africa, Middle
East; searched for Nile source.
- Alva Nunez, Cabeza de Vaca (1490?-1557?) Spanish
explorer who made an eight-year journey from Florida through
Arizona, which led to the Spanish Conquest of America. He was the
first European to write a detailed description of America.
- Pedro Alvares Cabral (c1467-c1520) Discovered
- Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) Explored Canada, discovered
St. Lawrence River.
- Cheng Ho (1371-1435) Chinese explorer of South Pacific,
Indian Ocean, and Africa.
- Francisco de Coronado (1510?-1554) Explored Mexico and
southwestern US, looking for riches.
- Juan de la Cosa (1460?-1510), Spanish navigator and
mapmaker who accompanied Columbus on his first two voyages to
America in 1492-93; made first world map that included North
- Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997 ) French ocean explorer and
pioneer in underwater research.
- John Davis Explored Canadian Arctic in late 16th
- Bartholomew Dias (1450?-1500) Explored African coast,
discovered Cape of Good Hope at southern tip of Africa.
- Juan Sebastián de Elcano (1476?-1526) After the
death of Magellan and other leaders in South Pacific, led
Magellan's expedition back to Spain.
- Erik the Red (950?-1003?) Explored Greenland and led a
group of settlers from Iceland to Greenland.
- A. P. Fedchenko (???) Russian explorer of central Asia,
Russian mountains in mid-1800s.
- John Franklin (1786-1847) Arctic explorer whose entire
expedition of 129 men died searching the Canadian Arctic for the
Northwest Passage to Asia.
- Sir Martin Frobisher (1535?-1594) English
mariner who made three expeditions to search for the Northwest
Passage to Asia (1576, 1577, 1578).
- Sir Vivian Fuchs (1908-1999) Made first successful
overland crossing of Antarctica with Sir Edmund Hillary
- Yury Gagarin (1934-1968) Russian astronaut who was the
first man to go into space.
- Richard Halliburton (1900-39) U.S. writer, lecturer,
and traveler; lost in attempt to sail a Chinese junk across
- Prince Henry the Navigator
- Thor Heyerdahl (born 1914) Norwegian scientist who made
several ocean voyages to demonstrate how ancient peoples may have
migrated from one part of the world to another
- Sir Edmund Hillary (1919- ) first to reach top of Mt.
Everest in 1953; made first successful overland crossing of
Antarctica with Sir Vivian Fuchs (1955-58).
- Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) One of the most
famous scientists of the early nineteenth century, a geographer,
explorer and astronomer.
- Erling Kagge (???) member of first expedition to ski to
the North Pole in 1990.
- Juan Ponce de Leon (1473-1521) Spanish explorer
who discovered Florida in 1513 and tried to set up the first
colony there in 1521; famous for his legendary search for the
"Fountain of Youth."
- Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) Australian geologist who
led expedition to explore coastline of Antarctica.
- Cristovao de Mendonca May have found Australia a couple
hundred years before Vasco da Gama discovered its west coast.
- Reinhold Messner (born 1944) Mountain climber; in 1978,
climbed Everest without oxygen, and in 1980, climbed Everest solo;
has climbed all 14 mountains greater than 8000m.
- John Muir (1838-1914) Naturalist who walked all over
the west coast of the USA, from California to Alaska; a founder of
the Sierra Club.
- Fritjof Nansen (1861-1930) Norwegian Arctic explorer
who led unsuccessful expedition to North Pole in 1890s.
- Børge Ousland First man in history to reach the
North Pole and to cross Antarctica without supplies
- Nathaniel Brown Palmer (1799&endash;1877) American sea
captain and antarctic explorer. Discovered Antarctica in 1820
while sailing aboard a 45-foot wooden boat, the Hero. For many
years the entire continent was called "Palmer Land" and some
globes still show this today.
- Francisco Pizarro (1475-1541) Spanish conqueror of the
Inca empire in South America and founder of the city of Lima,
- John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) Led first expedition to
explore the canyons of the Colorado River.
- Pierre Esprit Radisson (1632?-1710) French explorer who
was in the first group of Europeans to go to Minnesota.
- Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) English adventurer who
looked for gold in South America and tried to establish a colony
in what is now North Carolina
- James Ross (1800-1862) early explorer of Antarctica;
discovered the Ross Ice Shelf.
- Gene Savoy (1927-) Has explored South America in search
of lost cities of the Incas and pre-Inca civilizations.
- Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) Led unsuccessful
British expedition to South Pole.
- Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) Explored Antarctica; made
heroic journey to get help for crew of his ice-bound ship.
- Hernando deSoto (1500?-1542) Explored Central America,
Florida and southern US looking for gold.
- Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841- 1904). First European
to explore the Congo River from Central Africa to the Atlantic
- David Thompson (1770-1857) Explorer, fur trader, and
mapper of the Canadian Rockies.
- John Young (born 1930-) First man to fly into space 6
times, only man to liftoff 7 times (counting his lunar liftoff),
moonwalker, first Space Shuttle commander, oldest current